TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback B. J. Daniels #7 of the South Florida Bulls watches play against the Louisville Cardinals November 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Daniels is injured and did not play in the 34 - 24 loss. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
There are three Big East football games this week (West Virginia-USF tonight is a rather important one). Louisville and Rutgers finished their regular seasons last week. Looking back at the Positive Impact Factor (what's this?) from Week Thirteen does show us a few changes in the standings.
|Rank||Quarterback||Team||Touches||Total TD||Neg Play||XNeg Play||XPos Play||PIF|
|1.||B.J. Daniels||South Florida||443||17||33.2||14.3||4.1||56.4|
|6.||Geno Smith||West Virginia||494||26||39.1||23.8||5.3||42.4|
South Florida's B.J. Daniels still leads the Big East standings of the Positive Impact Factor but will be a game-time decision tonight against West Virginia. The Bulls will be hoping to see the Daniels of 2009 against West Virginia if he does play. The big change from last week was that Chas Dodd dropped from 5th to 7th after a -5.4 PIF performance in a loss to UConn. Teddy Bridgewater had his best game of the season (80.6 PIF) in a win against USF last week. The victory gave the Cards at least a share of the Big East title. When Will Stein's stats are averaged with Bridgewater's, Louisville's PIF was a 50.5 this season which is a little above the minimum to be considered championship quality. Cincinnati's Munchie Legaux (72 PIF) and West Virginia's Geno Smith (68.4 PIF) kept their teams alive for the Big East title with very good performances in wins.
Now for the defenses:
|Rank||Team||Touches||Total TD||Neg Play||XNeg Play||XPos Play||PIF|
The big move on the defensive side of the standings was made by UConn. In the Huskies' win over Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights' QBs were held to a PIF of -28.8. South Florida fell out of the top four with their loss to Louisville. The Bulls' defense will be challenged again tonight when they face Geno Smith who has produced a touchdown on 5.3% of his touches this season. The Mountaineers' defense has been one of the toughest in the Big East to score on for quarterbacks. The USF starter will have problems whether it's B.J. Daniels or Bobby Eveld.
Check out previous weeks of the Big East Positive Impact Factor: